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What’s next in Tulane coaching search?

Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers watches from the sideline in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee won 59-30. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Tulane feels as if it has eliminated the impediments to winning in football over the last few years, building on-campus Yulman Stadium, putting in more athlete-friendly majors and lowering its admission standards to put it on an even playing field with other FBS programs. The most important step, though, is getting the right… Continue reading →

Tulane football coach Curtis Johnson fired; new hire to be made after new athletic director on board

Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson watches after his players during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: TNRS108

Making official what already had become a foregone conclusion, Tulane fired football coach Curtis Johnson on Saturday morning. Johnson went 15-34 in his four-year tenure, with the highlight a 7-6 record in 2013 as Tulane earned a bid to the New Orleans Bowl as a member of Conference USA. That momentum stalled when Tulane… Continue reading →

Notebook: Tulane honors seniors before 45-34 loss to Tulsa

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --  A fan holds a sign in support of Tulane Green coach Curtis Johnson on Friday at Yulman Stadium.

Tulane honored its departing class before the game, with scholarship seniors safety Darion Monroe, defensive end Royce LaFrance, defensive tackle Corey Redwine, running back Rob Kelley, offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis, quarterback Jordy Joseph, punter Peter Picerelli and kicker being recognized along with redshirt juniors center Nathan Shienle, guards Colton Hanson and Bob Bradley and defensive tackle Calvin Thomas.… Continue reading →

Tulsa 45, Tulane 34: Fairy-tale ending doesn’t come true for Curtis Johnson, Jordy Joseph or Tulane

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane tight end Trey Scott catches an 8-yard pass from Jordy Joseph in front of Tulsa safety Jeremy Brady on Saturday in New Orleans.

That fairy-tale endings usually don’t come true. Former walk-on quarterback Jordy Joseph was majestic for three-and-a-half quarters, scrambling for first downs, buying time to find open receivers and putting the ball right on the money time and time again as he had one of Tulane’s best passing performances of the past three years. He… Continue reading →

Tulane rallies to top Stephen F. Austin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dylan Osetkowski’s layup with 16 second left capped a furious Tulane comeback for a 60-59 win over Stephen F. Austin in the Challenge in Music City tournament Friday night. Stephen F. Austin (2-3) 59-52 lead on Demetrious Floyd’s 3-pointer with 3:41 left, but those were the final points the Lumberjacks scored. Melvin Frazier… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Curtis Johnson not entirely to blame for Tulane’s woes

Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson watches play against Georgia Tech during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 65-10. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Curtis Johnson’s tenure as football coach at Tulane was doomed the day he was hired. Of course, that’s been historically true for most Green Wave coaches since the sport’s debut in 1893. Johnson, then the Saints wide receivers coach, was named the Tulane’s 39th coach in December of 2011. At the time, it seemed like a… Continue reading →

Tulane looks to spoil Tulsa’s bowl party in what could be Curtis Johnson’s finale as coach

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Tulane coach Curtis Johnson coaches against Duke on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

Tulane broke up the monotony of its final football practice on Wednesday by having its offensive linemen run patterns against defensive linemen in the red zone and try to haul in touchdown passes. The results were predictable — a series of overthrows and one drop by offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis before center Junior Diaz… Continue reading →

It’s the seniors’ moment: Tulane’s Darion Monroe and Corey Redwine lead the way for a small class that had some highlights

Navy running back DeBrandon Sanders (21) runs the ball against Tulane safety Darion Monroe, right, during the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ORG XMIT: OTKNY

Safety Darion Monroe has been an active participant in three season-ending losses with the Tulanefootball team. Defensive tackle Corey Redwine has been on campus for one more. Each time, the Green Wave players talked about how much they wanted the seniors to leave on a high note, and each time they came up short. Monroe really… Continue reading →

Dylan Osetkowski’s sophomore surge has buoyed Tulane in the early going

Sophomore post player Dylan Osetkowski set the tone for Tulane’s trouncing of Appalachian State on Sunday at Devlin Fieldhouse, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in the first three minutes as the Green Wave jumped out to an 8-0 lead. His toned-down body is allowing him to do things he never accomplished as a freshman, giving… Continue reading →

Tulane women head to Paradise Jam

Tulane’s women’s basketball team heads into the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, bouyed by its 67-63 home victory over LSU, in which there were positives to build on, coach Lisa Stockton said. “I think the win gives us a little momentum,” she said. “We played with a lot of confidence.” The tournament runs… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Like Les Miles at LSU, all signs point to a change for Curtis Johnson and Tulane

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave head coach Curtis Johnson coaches against the Duke Blue Devils in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

For someone whose coaching fate is twisting in the wind, Tulane’s Curtis Johnson was focused on just one thing Monday. “I want our players playing for the man next to them, especially the seniors,” Johnson said after his team began preparations for Friday’s season finale against Tulsa. “That’s the only thing I want them to worry… Continue reading →

Sources: Two Tulane starting linemen, Colton Hanson and Nathan Shienle, plan to graduate early and leave the team

Two Tulane starting offensive linemen — guard Colton Hanson and center Nathan Shienle — are forgoing their senior seasons and will voluntarily end their Green Wave careers prematurely, sources confirmed to The New Orleans Advocate on Monday. Hanson and Shienle will participate in senior night activities Friday and will graduate from Tulane. Both would have been eligible to… Continue reading →

Tulane holds off Lady Tigers’ late charge for 67-63 win

Tulane coach Lisa Stockton talks to her players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Tulane started slowly in its game against rival LSU on Monday night. However, that didn’t last long. Its momentum building by the quarter, the Green Wave took a commanding lead then held on for a 67-63 victory at Fogelman Arena, beating the Tigers for the fifth time in their past six meetings. “The second quarter, offensively,… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Tulane

Tulsa quarterback Dane Evans (9) looks to throw against Navy during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Brett Deering)

Coming up Tulane faces Tulsa on Senior Night on Friday at Yulman Stadium in a game that will mean more to the visitors, which is much like last year. In 2014, Temple came to New Orleans at 5-6 and played with tremendous defensive intensity in a 10-3 victory to become bowl-eligible. Tulane finished 3-9. This time, Tulsa will come… Continue reading →

Strong first half carries Green Wave men over Appalachian State

Tulane men’s basketball coach Ed Conroy sat starters Jernard Jarreau and Melvin Frazier for the entire first half against Appalachian State to send them a message for transgressions they committed earlier in the week. Their teammates sent a message to everyone they are going to play the rest of the way. Recovering… Continue reading →

Tulane gets off to another ugly start in 49-21 loss at SMU

Dallas Morning News photo by NATHAN HUNSINGER -- SMU defensive back William Jeanlys knocks the ball out of the hansd of Tulane wide receiver Larry Dace during the first half of Saturday's game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

In a season filled with lopsided losses, Tulane played its worst first half during Saturday’s 49-21 loss at SMU on Saturday night in Dallas. The Green Wave trailed the Mustangs 35-7 after two quarters, getting outgained 335-104 by a team that was 1-9 overall and had picked up its only victory over North Texas. SMU entered having… Continue reading →

SMU 49, Tulane 21: Guerry Smith’s three and out

Dallas Morning News photo by NATHAN HUNSINGER -- SMU running back Xavier Jones celebrates a touchdown with wide receiver Ryheem Malone against Tulane at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas on Saturday.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Talk is cheap. Coming off a last-second win at Army, Tulane’s players talked a good game about how every result was important, despite having no chance to finish .500. Then they went out and gave minimum effort against SMU, which had a misleading 1-9 record that featured nonconference losses to Baylor and… Continue reading →

Coach Ed Conroy: Tulane must improve composure

Defense, ball-handling and composure. Look no further than those three issues to figure out how the Tulane men’s basketball team lost to Southern for the first time in program history Thursday night despite shooting 52 percent from the floor and outrebounding the Jaguars 38-26. If the Green Wave (1-2) does not improve… Continue reading →

Going to The Next Level for Tulane at SMU: Why the Green Wave offensive line has a chance for a breakthrough

Associated Press photo by MIKE GROLL -- Tulane offensive tackle Arturo Uzdavinis blocks for running back Dontrell Hilliard during the second half against Army last Saturday in West Point, N.Y.

The Next Level: Look at Tulane’s offensive line, and you’ll see three players with three years of starting experience, one second-year starter and five upperclassmen. What you won’t see is any game in which the blockers dominated an FBS opponent — this year or last — for a team that ranks near the bottom of the… Continue reading →

Tulane would like to announce replacement for athletic director Rick Dickson in next few weeks

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane's Yulman Stadium

With the initial round of interviews completed, Tulane athletic director search committee chairman Doug Hertz said Friday he hoped the Green Wave could announce Rick Dickson’s replacement in the next few weeks. Sources confirmed Louisiana-Monroe Athletic Director Brian Wickstrom, University of San Francisco A.D. Scott Sidwell and Tulane deputy athletic director/chief operating office Barbara Burke interviewed for… Continue reading →

Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart: A monster in the middle who’s a ‘rare, rare kid’

Associated Press photo -- Tulane defensive tackle Tanzel Smart

Talking about defensive tackle Tanzel Smart an hour after a recent Tulane practice, quarterback Tanner Lee guessed he was in the weight room trying to get fitter and stronger. A minute later, defensive end Royce LaFrance confirmed Lee’s suspicion. LaFrance had just left the weight room to do an interview, and he said Smart was working out… Continue reading →

Southern stuns Tulane

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --   Southern's Tony Nunn goes up for two over Tulane's Ryan Smith, left and Dylan Osetkowski during Thursday night game at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Southern got its second milestone victory in four days. After getting a rare victory against a Southeastern Conference team when they won at Mississippi State on Monday night, the Jaguars defeated Tulane 90-82 on Thursday night in their home opener in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. It was Southern’s first win against Tulane in nine games. “It was a… Continue reading →

Arnie Fielkow, passed over in Tulane’s athletic director search, had a vision that included Fiesta Bowls and Big 12 membership

While Tulane’s search committee began interviewing candidates to replace athletic director Rick Dickson on Thursday, most of the attention was focused on a man who did not make the cut. Arnie Fielkow, a former Saints executive and former New Orleans city councilman, became the center of attention after local radio personality Eric Asher released a 54-page document… Continue reading →